Nationwide, nearly 4 million veterans pay at least 30% of their income on housing, while more than 1.5 million pay at least 50%. As you can imagine, using half of your income to pay your rent or mortgage is an enormous strain on any budget.
Habitat affiliates across the country are doing their part to support veterans who stepped up for us, and Flower City Habitat is too. Over the years we have done several projects focused on veterans and their families, including the 2011 Veterans Build house, but we can do more.
Announced on Veterans Day 2017, we are reinvigorating our Veterans Build program as a sustainable, ongoing program focused on: homeownership and repairs; training and employment; and volunteer engagement and continued service of community for U.S. veterans, military service members, and their families.
Veterans will lead this program, but you do not need to be a veteran to participate.
Step 1: Veterans Build committee
The Veterans Build committee will be the core group of dedicated volunteers that work with Habitat staff to set goals, strategy, and processes. More than just an "ideas committee", committee members must also be dedicated to implementing processes, performing tasks, and supporting teams to achieve goals.
Each individual on the committee can focus their efforts based on their interest, skills, and availability. Some focuses for the Veterans Build committee will include: advocacy, employment, event planning, homeownership, home repairs, job training, liaison to partner organizations, outreach, research, promotions, photography, social media, volunteer coordination, recruitment and more.
If you are interested in joining the Veterans Build committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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